Enhancements Unerway to Improve Customer Safety and Amenities at Fordham Station

Outbound platform installation at Fordham station
Outbound platform installation at Fordham station

Make a note to snap a mental picture next time you’re in Fordham Station – because what you see will soon be unrecognizable…and that is a good thing!

Since March 2014, major station enhancements have been underway to improve customer safety and amenities at Fordham serving the Harlem and New Haven Line. This work is taking place alongside the renovation of neighboring Fordham Plaza being done by the NYC Department of Transportation and NYC Department of Design and Construction.

Both northbound and southbound platforms will be undergoing some serious upgrades. The northbound platform improvements include: a new canopy, a new widened enclosed staircase, platform repairs, new benches, and heated shelters; new lighting on the platform and under the station building; new signage, monitors, and PA systems; painting/cleaning and overall station rehabilitation, as well as an Arts for Transit installation.

The southbound platform improvements are similar to the northbound and include a new ramp to the platform at the north end and elevator rehabilitation.

The biggest change is the widening of the outbound platform, which is used every day by 3,000 daily “reverse commuters” who board northbound trains to jobs in in White Plains, Stamford and Greenwich, among other suburban employment centers.  The new outbound platform will be twice as wide as the existing one, which will greatly ease over-crowding.

As a major transit and commercial hub, Fordham Plaza sits at the crossroads of our busy station, 12 local and regional bus lines, Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus (home to some 6,700 students), Roosevelt Educational Campus with some 6,800 elementary and high school students, and Fordham Road, which is traveled by 80,000 pedestrians daily.

According to Mukesh Mehta, the Fordham Station Project Manager, the station was due for a bit of beautification and is greatly complemented with the collaborative work in the plaza.

“The work being done in Fordham Station is primarily to accommodate the growing number of commuters,” Mehta said. “And the station was in need of a makeover so not only will the upgrades increase customer safety, but also customer satisfaction.”

In addition to our work, and in cooperation with NYC Parks Department, a new direct connection to the southbound platform from Webster Ave. and 193rd Street will be installed, allowing quicker access to the inbound platform to and from Webster Avenue and stops north.

Fordham Plaza will also feature a brand new canopy over the Metro-North entrance, enhancing its visibility and creating a better looking stair which will allow natural light onto the waiting platform below, as well as new ticket vending machines.

The estimated completion date of our project is February 2016.